Bows galore, clothing consignments at Bertram’s Kids Alley

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Cynthia Anderson holds a special occasion dress at her children’s clothing consignment resale boutique, Kids Alley. The Bertram store is located in the shadow of the city’s water tower. (Dana Delgado Photo)

Cynthia Anderson holds a special occasion dress at her children’s clothing consignment resale boutique, Kids Alley. The Bertram store is located in the shadow of the city’s water tower. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado

BERTRAM — With a grand opening over Labor Day weekend during the Oatmeal Festival, Cynthia Anderson has been busy restocking her trendy, children’s clothing consignment resale boutique, Kids Alley.

Located in the heart of Bertram’s historic downtown district at 165 S. Gabriel Street, Kids Alley carries both boys and girls clothes as well as maternity wear and baby gear including strollers and cribs. Mrs. Anderson, however, has added her own artistic flair to her inventory.

She has created so many different styles of bows, 48 at last count and climbing, that she has her own line of bow wear called Miss Thing Bows & More.

There are bows of Sophia the First, Dora the Explorer, Doc McStuffins as well as a large variety of seasonal favorites and team colors including Liberty Hill and Burnet. So uniquely designed and crafted that her shop might well be called a “Bowtique.”

“I’ve always been creative,” she said. “My mother and grandmother taught me to sew and I took home economics at Burnet High School where I was the teacher’s assistant before I graduated. I used to make my brother’s and husband’s shirts in an hour. When I make something, I make it right.”

The bow collections in her shop are an outgrowth of creating them for her grandchildren. Everyone who saw them wanted them so Ms. Anderson started producing more and more. Before long, she was selling them at every possible regional venue including the Bluebonnet Festival in Burnet, the Christmas Festival in Liberty Hill, and Bertram’s Olde Thyme Christmas Festival.

Another novelty creation are the recycled feed sacks. She has created all purpose, but very sturdy and fashionable carrying bags out of feed sacks.

Ms. Anderson was born and raised in Bertram but moved away for over 20 years to various locations during her husband’s career in the telephone business that went through a series of buyouts from Contel to GTE to Bell Atlantic and finally Verizon.

“I’ve packed many times and I’m in my 14th home,” she said. “I’m not moving again.”

In Bertram, she is active in city government. Mrs. Anderson is in her second term on the city council and is the current Mayor Pro-tem.

“Serving on the city council has been an eye-opener,” she said. “I’ve learned a lot. You really don’t know until you’re there. Everyone should be involved if they want their community to be better. With the new theater opening, I see new restaurants and other businesses coming in.”

Crystal Sikes, Mrs. Anderson’s daughter is helping out with the business.

Kids Alley is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The best way to access the consignment resale boutique is through the alleyway directly behind the water tower in Bertram where there is ample parking.

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